Annual Giving Staff

Would you like to talk to someone about making a gift? One of our team members would be happy to receive your call:

Melanie Lyons

Melanie Lyons

Director of Annual Giving

Dee Jackson

Dee Jackson

Annual Giving and Community Relations

Jackson Vanhaitsma

Jackson Vanhaitsma

Phonathon Coordinator

Student Development Officers

Nolan Bailen
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
International Relations, Sociology

Jonnelle Carr
Grand Rapids, MI
Public Health (Pre-Dentistry)

Shion Fukuzawa
Tokyo, Japan

Carly Byrnes
Oak Lawn, IL

Rachel Kim
Torrance, CA
Social Studies Secondary Education

Nancy Massa
Arusha, Tanzania
Biology (Neuroscience)

Chukwudubem Nweke
Lagos, Nigeria
Mechanical Engineering

Hannah Oh
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Paige Gamrat
Kalamazoo, MI
Elementary Education, French

Daniel Harmon
Grand Rapids, MI

Austin Kanis
Grand Rapids, MI
Strategic Communications

Savannah Taylor
Bloomington, IL
Interdisciplinary (Speech Pathology, Psychology, CAS)

Jonas Tilburt
Rochester, MN

Kia Tubergen
Stow, OH

Alissa Lucas
Byron Center, MI
English – Writing

Marissa Waddell
Paw Paw, MI
Psychology, Ministry

Juliette Mpano
Kijabe, Kenya
Public Health, French

Rachel Mulavelil
Tamil Nadu, India
Biology, Pre-Med

Jesse Withey
Livonia, MI
Marketing, Psychology

Stephanie Wynia
Columbus, OH
Business, Chinese

Reagan Rohl
Grand Rapids, MI/Durham, England

Isaac Spackman
Bend, OR
Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry

Chelsea Veldkamp
Liberty Township, OH
Special Elementary Education

Akyera Thompson
Beaver Falls, PA
Interdisciplinary (Social Work, Psychology)


Students Supporting Students

The Calvin University Phonathon exists to engage students with supporters, and to connect supporters with some of the very students they’re impacting.

Q&A with Tammie Thong, Student Caller

Why did you choose Calvin?

I decided that Calvin was a good fit for me because it offered a quality Christian liberal arts education at an affordable price.

Where are you from? What about Grand Rapids reminds you of home?

Given that I am originally from tropical Singapore but grew up in bustling Hong Kong and China, my “homes” are vastly different from Grand Rapids. Despite these differences, Grand Rapids—and Calvin in particular—is similar to Hong Kong and Singapore, in that it is supportive of diversity and harmony in a heterogeneous community.

What has been your favorite course at Calvin?

My favorite course so far is my Biology 141 course because we looked at complex worldwide issues that affect everyday people.

Where is your favorite hangout spot on campus?

Johnny’s, because it has such a cozy atmosphere, and you are bound to see at least five people you know at any given time.

Why is supporting Calvin so important?

It is so important to support Calvin because most of us cannot afford the price tag of a quality liberal arts education. Calvin is also so accommodating and supportive of its students through student organizations, free counseling, and tutoring, among many other services.